Shedding the “Interim” Coat in Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres decided it was prime time for Interim Coach Ron Rolston to lose his “interim” coat and officially be the Sabres’ head coach in the 2013-2014 season. Rolston becomes the 16th person to take the reins of the Sabres and be their head coach.
Rolston was brought in to serve as the Sabres interim head coach after the team got off to a 6-10-1 start and former bench boss Lindy Ruff was fired. Buffalo posted a 15-11-5 record under Rolston and the team finished 12th in the Eastern Conference. Most Sabres’ fans had been disappointed with the way the season had went.
Rolston will get the opportunity to work with his team from the start of training camp and without the added strain that came with the condensed schedule that we had this year. However, he might find himself coaching a younger team in the beginnings of a rebuild. Hearing the words “rebuilding” is not what some players like Thomas Vanek want to hear.
So, the 29-year-old forward Thomas Vanek suggested it might be better to trade him if the team’s entering a rebuilding phase. There’s also been questions about goaltender Ryan Miller‘s future with the club. Buffalo hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011 and hasn’t advanced past the first round since 2007.
What will happen in the off-season for Vanek, Miller and the Sabres? Only time will tell and we could see some new faces in the locker room next season.